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Trolley morality for Sustainability?

April 26, 2011


April 22nd was Earth Day.  The first Earth Day was in the USA in 1970.  Prompted by fears of widespread environmental degradation, and promoted by Senator Gaylord Nelson, the “environmental teach-in” that engaged 20 million college students is considered by many to be the beginning of the modern environmental movement.   In 1990, Earth Day’s birthday […]

Ethics not just for heroes

April 23, 2009


I’m organising a session on professionalism in computing for the upcoming NACCQ conference.    I was talking about this a function at work last night and quickly the conversation turned to ethics in the workplace – how much home photocopying is acceptable? is skimming acceptable if there is demonstrably no harm?  how come the hospital […]

NZCS certification submission

April 19, 2009


In the interests of transparency, here’s my submission to the New Zealand Computer Society professionalisation initiative: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Professional Certification Framework. I believe this is the most important action the Society has ever taken, it is well overdue. This belatedness, however, is not a cause for undue haste, […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Differentiated learning through reading

March 27, 2008


Leigh Ann Sudol from Carnegie Mellon takes a different approach to get students thinking about bigger pictures: she makes them read. In forging connections, she describes a reading assignment and the impact of that assignment on getting students thinking about computer science and its connections to their life. She sees that: students are entering with […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Computer Science service-learning programme

March 26, 2008


Chris Brooks described a successful service-learning programme for computer science students (pdf). He teaches at a Jesuit school where service learning is the norm. He makes the point that this is not “volunteering” , rather service learning is community-based active lerning that supplements classroom material with reflective activities that help students synthesize experiences: If the […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Cyberporn

March 26, 2008


Joe Oldham (pdf) has a different take on introducing ethics to computing students an issue that is “necessary but problematic”. Instead of covering the theory he uses a topical approach: cyberporn. He sees this approach as a solution to a problem where one option to include ethics is the blending into technical courses which has […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Integrating ethics through mock trials

March 26, 2008


Roxanne Canosa and Joan Lucas discuss ways of integrating ethics into computing teaching (pdf). This is increasingly important for computer science educators as several ABET criteria relate to ethics. They use a system of mock trials as a teaching technique. They see such trial as like a debate but is more structured; like a case […]